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July 30, 2020 by Monica Allaby

What are forest regeneration surveys and why are they important?

Healthy Acadian forests provide essential ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, water regulation, wildlife habitat, and recreation. Today, however, less than 5% of the Acadian forest remains in a pre-colonial condition. This is due to long-term intensive land-use and forestry practices that favour single-aged, softwood-dominated forests. We need to protect healthy forests for the immediate… Read more »

May 26, 2020 by Dani Miller

The Future of Nova Scotia’s Forests

In March, we visited Caledonia, Nova Scotia, to understand the challenges facing small private woodlot owners in the region Making a living off of the land is a rewarding, but challenging commitment. Small private woodlot owners, of which there are approximately 80,000 in Canada’s Maritime Provinces, face both new and persisting challenges in managing their forests.… Read more »

April 27, 2020 by Megan de Graaf

Sustainable Forest Management

At Community Forests International, we talk a lot about the importance about sustainable forest management. But what does “sustainable management” actually mean? Here in the the Maritime Provinces, the forestry industry has a long history of managing forests for a narrow set of goals, mostly to do with producing timber, which is then processed to… Read more »

March 26, 2020 by Daimen Hardie

We Adapt

As we wrapped up a video meeting with the Zanzibar team this morning, my colleague Omar chimed in with a question that’s been in the back of everyone’s mind: “I want to ask, what is our real plan for this planting season? Because of course so many people are still depending on us.” Omar is… Read more »

March 23, 2020 by Monica Allaby

A Family Forest Preserved

Community Forests International has acquired a 115-acre forest in Waterford, New Brunswick, about 15 kilometers from Sussex. The Sackville-based charity has now protected more than 1,170 acres of old forest in New Brunswick. The forest was donated to Community Forests International by Elizabeth (Betty) Lucas, née Buchanan. The forest belonged to her family since 1855,… Read more »

March 18, 2020 by Monica Allaby

A Time for Community and Compassion

Our team has received some thoughtful notes of solidarity from colleagues and partners around the world these last few days, and it’s really heartened us. We wanted to share some of our own thoughts in hopes they might help you all get through these stressful times. Like many of you, we are trying to process… Read more »

November 4, 2019 by Monica Allaby

Gender Equality and Climate Change

Anne and Daimen were recently invited onto the Femme Wonk podcast Katie Davey podcast to discuss the interplay between gender inequality and climate change vulnerability with host Katie Davey, drawing from our work in Zanzibar. “Without women being able to participate fully in income-diversifying activities and learning skills that will help them build resilience, whole… Read more »

May 3, 2019 by Megan de Graaf

8 Native Species for a Changing Climate in the Maritimes

Climate Change in the Acadian Forest Here in New Brunswick, we live amid a unique forest type known as the Acadian Forest. This forest type covers all of the Maritime provinces and northeastern US, and is a mix of cold-loving (boreal) species like spruces, poplar, grey and white birch, and balsam fir, and more southerly… Read more »

June 5, 2019 by Zach Melanson

Partnering for Climate Action

A Canadian architecture studio’s decision to become carbon neutral has resulted in the preservation of more than 1000 acres of endangered forest in the Maritimes, a legacy set to grow. In 2011, DIALOG became one of the first companies in Canada to offset carbon using forest renewal and restoration. The architecture firm has recently expanded… Read more »

July 3, 2019 by Daimen Hardie

Can we grow spice like a forest?

In the spring of 2015 I put out a call for help. Our small team at Community Forests International was starting a new enterprise—a Spice Forest project on Pemba island, Zanzibar—and I knew we couldn’t do it alone. What happened next has taught me a lot about the process of innovation. It has also taught… Read more »

July 3, 2019 by Zach Melanson

Women’s Empowerment

Salume Khamis walks up a path between two small adobe houses; one is partially converted into a small store selling dried goods and a few household items. She smiles broadly and greets her teacher, Siti Makame. When Salume first met Siti two years ago, she had a no personal income and a small garden that… Read more »

November 24, 2014 by Daimen Hardie

Can nature protect us?

How can we protect nature? This is a longstanding question in the conservation sector, maybe even the question of conservation. But I’d like to see it reversed. How can nature protect us? Turning this traditional line of thinking around offers a new perspective on our relationship with the natural world, and reveals some hope when… Read more »

June 21, 2019 by Daimen Hardie

Problem Solving with Friends

I’ll be honest, the first few times I heard the words social innovation, I tuned it out. These days social is so often pasted onto fundamentally bad things to make them seem less bad and innovation is forever used to make ordinary things sound new and exciting. I translated social innovation into the worst of… Read more »